Kyrenia

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
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Trip End May 15, 2010


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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Today we went to Saint Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Abbey, Kyrenia Castle and the City of Kyrenia. The Turkish side is not much different than the Greek side. The highways have speed bumps and there are a lot of open fields with yellow flowers than a group of 30 houses all on top of each other.

At the saint hilarion castle we had 20 minutes to look around which is not a lot of time. We climbed up such a steep mountain with very thins tiny roads which the bus dominated. The castle over looked Kyrenia coast. While the weather is nice, it's cloudy so we can't see the water too well. As we climbed up and down the mountain there was barbed wire and the training area for the Turkish troops. After we climbed the mountain and got off the bus you could hear the echoing of the firing squad in the valleys of the mountains. While we weren't in harms way, it was not a very welcoming sound.   The castle was carved into the side of the mountain and it is said that Walt Disney based Snow White and the 7 dwafts movie off this castle. To get to the top we had to climb these uneven stone steps, it was a very good work out, mixed with the fact we had 20 minutes we ran up to the top. It looked more like we were on the Ireland coast rather than the Turkish side.

We than went to the Abby and had a tour guide show us around. Most of the Abby had fallen down during an earthquake and was destroyed. It used to be a Christian/catholic church and than was converted into an orthodox church. There wasn't a lot to see there but if you looked to one side you could see the mountains and if you looked the other way you could see the water.   

Finally we went to the city and had lunch right on the water. I split fish and chips and lamb chop with Isaac and Randi. The lamb chops were so good but there was not a lot of meat on them. After over looking the harbor we went to the castle, which had the oldest shipwreck in the world. The castle was nothing special just four walls with a grassy area in the center but when you climbed the wall and looked down into the harbor it was breath taking. 
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